Yesterday, we discussed Sen. Chris Dodd's statement calling on the Senate leadership to have an up or down vote on Feingold-Reid instead of attaching it as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization currently on the floor. The vote on the amendment is expected tomorrow. Senator Dodd's position is that Feingold-Reid should get a direct vote - not a cloture vote which he believes does not represent a position on the contents of the amendment but simply on the continuation of discussion and voting.
Senator Dodd called on the other presidentials to co-sponsor Feingold-Reid and/or express their position on it. So today, we wanted to update everyone on the other candidate's statements and see what you think.
You'll also see mention of the Reid-Levin amendment so first a little primer from Government Executive
Reid is allowing his party's liberals to vent their frustration by voting on an amendment similar to legislation sponsored by Reid and Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., that would require withdrawal of forces by March 31, 2008, other than for more limited roles such as training Iraqi forces, protecting U.S. facilities and conducting anti-terrorism operations.
That amendment is unlikely to get 60 votes, but Reid will have given senators a chance to vote on their preferred approach before having to settle for something less strict.
The placeholder bill would provide $120 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and some domestic projects. It would retain the same Oct. 1 deadline for beginning the troop pullout from Iraq but allow Bush to waive the requirement.
"By providing for the presidential waiver, we are removing any reason for the president to veto the supplemental funding bill," Levin said in a statement.
FDL has done a great round up of the Democratic presidential hopefuls' statements. This would be an excellent time to contact your Senator to express your support.